Troddin' With A Vision EP

by Tóke

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Tóke is an Indonesian-German Reggae Singer- & Songwriter born in Jakarta, Indonesia and raised in the suburbs of Hamburg, Germany.
The 22 year old artist's Debut EP „Troddin‘ With A Vision“ is now available @ Bandcamp and reveals many facets of Tóke‘s talents, exposing his versatility and multiinstrumentality in a solid, completely self-produced 6-Track acoustic Reggae/ Singer- Songwriter EP.

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released July 13, 2014

Music & Lyrics: Marco Rais Abin
All Instruments played by: Marco Rais Abin
Additional instruments played by: Tim Guckelsberger (Drums & Percussion), Franka Flügel (Saxophone)
Mixing: Marco Rais Abin
Mastering: René Laack
Artwork: Nathalie Feldmann, Paul Schittek, Nina Hesam
Recorded 2013/2014 at Marco's room in Hamburg-Veddel, Zion Gardens Bienenbüttel & Nemo Studio Hamburg

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Tóke Hamburg, Germany

Tóke is an Indonesian-German Reggae Singer- & Songwriter born in Jakarta, Indonesia and raised in the suburbs of Hamburg, Germany.
The 22 year old artist's Debut EP „Troddin‘ With A Vision“ is now available @ Bandcamp and reveals many facets of Tóke‘s talents, exposing his versatility and multiinstrumentality in a solid, completely self-produced 6-Track acoustic Reggae/ Singer- Songwriter EP.
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Track Name: Prosperous
And now is the time to let the light shine and be prosperous again!
Track Name: At The Edge
I felt a breeze and it took me just here
To this edge where I‘m standing
There was a light, bright just like hell
And it‘s rays were tempting

And it glows in this dark summer night
Rising upon the emerald sky
It‘s so warm, and it makes me feel high
At this edge, it allows me to fly

So now I find myself feeling new heights
I don‘t feel air, I don‘t feel tide
I don‘t look back, that‘s what keeps me alive
I rise straight up, leaving the odd past behind

And it pulls me, it pulls me up high
And fills my weak body with life
My chest is warm, and it just feels right
to be here, on this dark summer night
Track Name: Dreadful History
I see the people making their ways
grounded by fierce assumptions
that alter their social perceptions
and foster human division

They come to me and ask me: „Boy, where you from?“
Carrying on racial separation
founded on a criminal foundation
once manifested through us western nations

What have we learned from slavery?
Please Mr. Babylon, tell me!
They are objects measured by productivity!
And that‘s still going on today!

So me tell di youths fi rise up and question this system
in which each and every one of us lives in
Cause this is not the final chapter
I & I a rise up and find the answer!

Can‘t you see that history is a product of the powerful?
So people shut up and are quite when their mouths are full, you see it?
And dem panic when dem outta fuel
While nextdoor kids are starving cause dem outta food!

Can‘t you see the paradoxity?
One side bathes ina di food, while di others nah ought fi eat
Everyday my heart starts bleeding when it comes to me
On and on we keep sustaining dreadful history…!
Track Name: Troddin' With A Vision
I am troddin‘ with a vision
Troddin‘ step by step
Troddin‘ with a mission
And in this vision I have to invest

I am awake and I‘m alive
2 feet pon di ground carrying dis burden 10 pounds
I have a vision in my eyes
See me deya pon stage bringin di riddim and sound

Cah disya music make me high
High time mi name and mi face a make di round
Mi seh mi ready fi di game
It‘s all about the message not the fame - no!

Chorus -

And friends & family a guide me on this way
Steppin‘ Stone and di Morewood Family I represent each day
Manifesting my thoughts so that they never go astray, can you feel them?
Will you take part in my feelings?

And this expression of my self - I call it freedom
Nuff a dem have longings in their hearts but never feed them
I have a vision now and so I plant di seeds dem
And let music prosper and spread out to every region

Chorus -

Yes I‘m gonna work for my share
I‘m so thirsty I swear
And I just want the people fi know that I‘m there
Singing songs with high care
Playing music with tight snares
In these riddims you‘ll be finding some nice basslines, yeah!

Lyricism, consciousness I from time to time bare
From Shanghai to Time Square
I‘ll be rhyming right there
Now I‘ll climb the right stairs, because I know now
That if you don‘t fulfill your dreams they become your nightmares!

- Chorus -
Track Name: Lost In The Limitless
I ask myself: what is this?
I find myself lost in the limitless
big cities eating up the villages
too many blurred lines...

..and a lack of clear images
One desire crosses out the next till it diminishes
leaving me without solid ground to stand on, nor to trod on,
this feeling is an odd one

With so many visions till I get blind
trumbling on this road of undefinable kind
Where is my ground, where is my foundation?
What is the basis of my equation?

Is it the painted, or the erased one?
I‘ll have to go and find the next station
I‘ll get there, and there shall be a day one
All I need to do is stay strong

-Chorus-

Judgement is complex - and not easy to identify,
While the feelings they intensify, but the sources can‘t be clarified
This way no action can be justified

Maybe it is just a fight - between me, me & me and the others that i‘ve got inside
While there is no reason and no god in sight
In this battle that I‘ve got in mind

Me desperately waan fi understand a whatta gwaan
the road is dissolving where me a trod pon
the times of emotional glory - dem a gone
wooh, me haffi find a new dawn

But right now wickedness a tek over mi thoughts
sucking all the blood left over ina mi heart
...me haffi find a new dawn

Chorus:

Searching for answers all the time
so many things that I cannot define
- lost in the limitless

So many ways that things can be seen
so tell me who‘s to tell me what‘s real?
- lost in the limitless

But now I see the light again
No blur, no fog, everything in clear sight again
And yes you‘re damn right my friend
when you say life‘s to short for lies and false pretends

And the fyah now ignite again
my soul at ease no battles fi fight again
not in the physical nor in the mental sense
my spirit is free from the burden, now it feels light again

Chorus:
And yes, you‘ll find an answer some times
and deal with the things that you cannot define
lost in the limitless

And yes, there are ways how things can be seen
just decide for yourself, which a dem a real!
- lost in the limitless
Track Name: Deviation Of The Norm
Normality, Normality. Normality is an illusion.
Conformity, Conformity. Conformity is the poison.

It seems to me, that I am a stranger
Like everyone I’m judged by my behaviour
They only want to see those shoes once worn
And can’t accept the deviation of the norm

But normality – is an illusion
And conformity – is the poison
The realist seems like a real smart guy
But the realist is a mental slave inside

- Chorus -

It’s hard for people to process the unfamiliar
Uncertainty is a trigger for fear
So who do they blame for those rough and windy storms?
They blame the devations of the norm

But there’s one thing the people got to know
That time will show
That normality rests on relativity
So claiming it is a foolish deed

People need norms – simplification and reduction
So any deviation from it causes anger, stress and fear
Norms are rules
Rules become laws
Laws are action
And action is reality
You see?